Manulife LPGA Classic. Chella Choi Early Leader.

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Chella Choi is the early leader of the Manulife LPGA Classic at the conclusion of the first round  at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Chella carded a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic by one shot in Canada, thanks to a driver behaving well;

Pretty good.”

 “A lot of wind today, but my game is good and driving is good, shot was good, so I made a lot of birdies.”

“I worked really hard the last three weeks.”

 “So I want to hit straight and strong my drive four days, so I focus on just my driving four days strong drive.”

“So I don’t know. First good, so that’s why my driving is better, so the game is easier than before.”

In Gee Chun, Dani Holmqvist, Brittany Lang and Azahara Munoz share second place following their opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Best placed Canadian players are  Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc, both in the very large group T17 at -3 under par.

World number one Lydia Ko is in a tie for 34th spot after her first round -2 under par 70.

Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Round One Suspended, Due to Darkness.

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Round one of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open has been suspended due to darkness, with Chella Choi leading.

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Chella was at -7 under par after playing 14 holes of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Canada.

The threat of lightning held up play early on, leading to the suspension of play when it became too dark to play.

Stephanie Meadow shared second place at -6 under par, a completed first round. Karine Archer is also at -6 under, after 14 first round holes.

Stephanie, from Ireland relished the windy conditions found normally at home, and is coming off a  good finish at the Rio Olympics;

‘It was gray and it looked like it was rain and windy, so that’s pretty much Ireland in a nutshell.”

 ”But definitely I think it’s nice to know that I can play in those conditions.”

“I’ve done it a lot, even though it’s when I was little. But I’ve still done it and scored, so I know I can do it.”

“I think Rio was a huge adrenaline rush for everyone that was there. I know all of us had a fantastic experience.”

“I played pretty good in the second round there, too. I think I definitely took some confidence and am rolling it into this week.”

“I’m here to compete and win no matter what week, so I think any tournament gives me a little bit of a rush. Maybe not as much as the Olympics but mostly all the time.”

Lydia Ko, the world number one is at -5 under par with her completed round of 67, she talked about the delays, and lunch, and putting well;

”I had lunch like three times and I had fro-yos,.”

‘I wish there could be a switch where we could put out the sun or put some overcast.”

“But when it comes to weather, we can’t control it, so when it’s that case, you just have to go with it.”

“I played really solid, birdied the first hole straight off the bat.”

”I was putting really well and hit the ball pretty good throughout the round.”

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Chella Choi Wins in a Play-Off.

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Chella Choi wins the Marathon Classic in a play-off after she and Ha Na Jang had tied at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Chella fired a last round -5 under par 66 to reach a Marathon Classic total of -14 under par, and to tie long time leader Ha Na Jang at the top of the leaderboard.

Chella was astounded;

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe, it’s my dreams coming true. Very exciting.”

“I work with my father eight years and somebody say like that’s why I don’t win, just for my caddie.”

“So I’m excited with my father. And, you know, like first time win is hard, but second and third is easier. Hopefully this is a turning point for me.”

“I missed my tee shot, but I don’t have confidence in win, like I don’t have experience of win, so it’s really a little bit nervous.”

“I tried to focus, and my father said, ‘it’s okay. You like draw hole. Try to be patient and make par.’ So I tried to be patient and focus on just trying to make a par. So I made a par, so excited!”

World #2 Lydia Ko, and Shanshan Feng stopped a South Korean clean sweep of the top places, finishing third. They both recorded final rounds of  -4 under par. Lydia and Shanshan finished at -13 under par, just one shot off the play-off.

Lydia was happy with her result;

“I played really solid the front nine, and that’s all I could really do.”

 “I know it would have been great if I could continue that on the back nine, but it just wasn’t going. Four under is I think a good score at the end of the day.”

 

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open, Chella & Minjee Lead.

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Chella Choi and Minjee Lee lead the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 3 at Victoria Golf Club.

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It was a -4 under par 68 Minjee described as a mission, and it has booked her spot in the final group for the second consecutive week, and says playing with a smile on her face is the game-plan;

“Well obviously to make as many birdies as possible but just keep it in play and just keep hitting good shots and getting it close so I can hole the putt, because they weren’t really going in.  I’m happy with 4-under, I’m stoked with 4-under really.  I just play, I think it kind of lightens it up a little bit because I’m smiling all the time.  I have a good chat with my caddie. I think the game plan is always the same.  It’s been working so far, so why change it.”

Chella also enjoys playing, and tries to stay focused, it worked today as she fired a -10 under par 62 which included two Eagles, this was the first time she had accomplished two of them in one round;

Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

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“I try to enjoy playing and just focus on one shot and one shot and just keep putting.  I think if I just always hit the green, I have a lot of birdie chances.  So I focused on just my shot, before the shot and then shot. I don’t know why I played ten under today, it’s just amazing. I made two eagles today, so first time.”

The leaders are at -13 under par for the tournament, and will tee off together tomorrow morning.

Lydia Ko  is in third place at -11 under par following her -3 under par third round 69.

Suzann Pettersen is next at -10 under par, she stumbled through round three carding an even par 72. There are then eight players who are tied in fifth place at -9 under par. The list includes overnight leader, Caroline Hedwall, Morgan Pressel, Amelia Lewis, Holly Clyburn, Karine Icher and Marianne Skarpnord.

Karrie Webb recorded a -4 under par 68 to move to -8 under par, a full five strokes behind the leaders.

Mizuno Classic. Teresa Lu From Taipei Wins.

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Teresa Lu, from Taipei won the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Japan.

Teresa Lu: Celebrates her Mizuno Classic success

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Teresa Lu shot a fantastic final round of -8 under par 64 to win the Mizuno Classic by two shots, with her -14 under par total.

Second place went to Chella Choi, from South Korea, she finished with a tournament total of -12 under par after her last round -6 under par 66.

The strong Japanese contingent, who started the day in control, lost ground during the final round. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose both had -2 under par last rounds to end the day at -10 under par, tied in third place.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis had been off the pace all weekend, and a closing round of -2 under par 70 saw her finish in a share of eighth, seven shots behind Teresa.

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Morgan Makes A Move.

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Morgan Pressel makes a move in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, New York. She now has a two shot lead over her nearest rivals.

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Morgan shot a -2 under par, 70 in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, to take a two shot lead into the final 36 holes on Sunday. She said she had a comfortable start, despite a slightly wayward driver;

“I got off to a good start, had a birdie opportunity on 10, but didn’t go in and then made one on 11. I started to hit my driver a little bit to the right, but made great par saves on 12 and 13, and then two great birdies on 14 and 15 to get me off to a really good and comfortable start. I hit a couple more drives to the right, which cost me bogeys, wasn’t able to make quite as miraculous saves on those couple of holes. And then the back nine was pretty uneventful. There wasn’t a whole lot that happened out there.  I had some opportunities, made some.  And then the wind picked up on our back nine a little bit and made it a little more difficult, and that side because of how it sits is quite a bit more wet, and so it was a little bit more sloppy on that side than it was on the front nine today.”

Inbee Park trails by two shots after an impressive -4 under par, 68 which tied Michelle Wie for the low round of the day. Inbee is currently tied for second with first-round leader Chella Choi at -4 under-par. Chella finished her second round with a +1 over  par 73.

Inbee thinks it is going to be mentally and physically tough to play 36 holes tomorrow, and said Morgan probably hit the ball pretty straight;

“It feels like just one more round to go, but we have to play two rounds in one day. I think that’s what’s going to be very tough mentally and physically.  It’s something that I really need to handle.  And I need to get really good rest tonight.  And try to be very relaxed and get a lot of sleep. I’m sure she probably hit it very straight to play that well on this golf course. So I gotta try to do that like her tomorrow. I think she was having tough time, but I’m sure she’s type of player that she could always come back, and I think it was about time that she was coming back.  And I think she’s feeling really comfortable around this golf course.”

Chella had a message written on her hand, which kept her focused during her round, she would not reveal what the Korean written message said;

“It’s a secret.”

Jiyai Shin, tied in fourth place has won before playing a final day 36 holes, the last time was at  the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, in wet and windy conditions, with the tournament’s largest margin of victory, nine strokes. With her mental toughness and ability to grind out two full rounds in one day, Jiyai will be a player to watch on Sunday.

“I know how to play the 36 holes, because I played last year at the British Open with very bad weather. So I know I’m a couple shots behind the lead at the moment, but now I have 36 holes left.  So morning time I checked my physical conditioning and all my skill and maybe I try to hit more aggressive in the afternoon.”

Michelle Wie made a move today, -3 under par, to bring her back to even for the tournament. Using her 3-wood, 2 hybrid or 4 hybrid most of the time off the tee;

” I just try not to be greedy on this golf course, I hit a couple more drivers yesterday, which cost  all my strokes, really cost me for my drivers yesterday.  And on this golf course, even if you have 5‑iron, 6‑iron in, you just have to be in the fairway.”